Road Rage in Houston
Written by Greg on February 3, 2014
News reportstoday indicate that a man was arrested accused of shooting another driver as a result of a road rage incident. The accused is a 56-year-old man who was arrested after another man was shot and killed.
According to reports, a driver cut off by another driver and that led to an argument that in turn led to a shooting. Unfortunately, the victim was shot in front of his 10-year-old grandson.
The arrest was made and according to the reports, the bond has been set at $750,000 for the accused.
This is another example of alleged road rage that seems to be much more prevalent in metropolitan areas and much more dangerous when firearms are involved.
The greater Houston area has many accidents and incidents that have been attributed to road rage, some like the report above, looks to have turned deadly.
In another recent Houston area road rage incident also reported by KHOU Houston, a altercation started at a red light and turned deadly after a man fell out of the bed of a pickup truck that was driving away from the scene. When the man fell out of the pickup bed, he hit his head on the concrete and perishes from the injuries.
Some fatalities from road rage incidents result from the use of firearms after an argument has started. In a 2012 fatality, a woman on her way to work shot another motorist. After minor car crash, the woman pulled into a convenience store in an effort to exchange insurance information regarding the incident. Unfortunately, according to the reports, the other motorist ran toward the woman and was hitting her car and attempted to open the door. The woman who was obviously owned shot the man and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In another reported arrest a driver was arrested for pointing a firearm and another after an incident.
Road rage continues to be a problem not only in Houston but across the United States as well. The number of road rage reports has been on a steady incline. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines road rage as when a driver:
“commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passengers of another motor vehicle”.
Aggressive driving is also an ongoing problem for the Houston area and other metropolitan cities across the state of Texas. It seems when the traffic is bad, tempers flare and road rage incidents increase in frequency. Despite the efforts of city and state officials, the traffic congestion in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio all have led to serious injury and fatalities as a result of road rage.
Some helpful advice to reduce the possibility of a road rage incident:
* Drive friendly and smile
* Do not tailgate or flasher head lights at oncoming traffic.
* Do not honk your horn unnecessarily
* Watch your verbal and other communications with other drivers
If you witness a road rage incident, call authorities and do not get involved yourself.
Texas seems to have a greater share of road rage that involves firearms, most likely due to the ease of obtaining and carrying firearms within the state of Texas. Texas has a very high number of persons who are licensed to carry concealed weapons.
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